Tips on how to survive your work Christmas party

Work MattersThe holidays are fast approaching and with it your invitation to the work Christmas party. As a working carer, you are probably feeling more highly stressed than your fellow non-carer workmates so do take this into account if you feel the need to let your hair down. All that good work you have put in during the year can be undone in just a moment so don’t do something you might be sorry for later.

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National Work and Family Awards

Work Matters Employers who demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovation from business in the promotion of a better balance between work and family in the workplace have been recognised by the National Work and Family Awards. The provisions offered by award winning employers and the benefits to both employees and employers may be of interest to carers seeking flexibility at work.

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Small business employees worse off under WorkChoices

Work MattersWhile the dust is yet to settle on the details of the Federal Government’s WorkChoices legislation introduced to Parliament last Wednesday, it appears that working carers who are employees of small business operators will be hardest hit.  Because the laws will primarily be enacted using the Federal Government’s corporations powers, small businesses will need to be incorporated to be covered by the new system.   

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Welfare to work changes

Work MattersWorking sole parent carers who rely on Centrelink payments in between casual or short-term jobs may find themselves on lower payments and with stricter requirements for job seeking under proposed Federal Government welfare reforms. The Welfare to Work legislation is before Parliament this week and is expected to be passed before the end of the year.

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Research on working carers

Work MattersWhat makes working carers leave their jobs, or stops them from going back to work after a long period of caring? What is the impact of working and caring on health and wellbeing? The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW together with the University of New England (UNE)   are currently conducting research to answer these questions.

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